The Interior Design Program, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, teaches students to identify, research and creatively solve problems pertaining to the design of functional and high quality interior environments. They gain specialized knowledge of interior construction, sustainable practices, interior materials, furnishing and aesthetics, building codes, and social and ethical responsibilities of designers. Students engage in programming, design analysis and space planning relative to interior environments. They prepare drawings and documents that detail their specifications for aesthetically pleasing interiors that meet client needs, enhance quality of life and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Employment in design occupations is expected to grow. Interior designers often work for interior design firms, architectural firms, department and home furnishing stores, or hotel and restaurant chains. Beginning designers usually receive on-the-job-training and normally need one to three years of apprenticeship before they advance to higher level positions.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearID 100 Interior Design Peer Mentoring WVUE 191 First Year Seminar ID 125 Design Foundations ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric ARE 150 Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics
Senior YearID 330 Design for Quality of Living ID 355 Contract Interior Design 1 ID 420 Interior Design Professional Practices SPA 270 Effective Public Speaking FDM 470 Global Issues and Fashion
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Interior Design Program is fully accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research.
This WVU interior design alumna has appeared on NBC’s Later Today, the Discovery Channel’s Home Matters, Lifetime’s Our Home and the Do It Yourself Network.